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Kiosk MONARCH COUNT 11,000 IN THE SANCTUARY ON 01/07/14 Thu., Jan. 9-Mar. 13

Beginning Drawing Class Carmel Visual Arts 6-9 PM, $450 • 620-2955 •

Fri., Jan. 10

Art Opening Reception PG Art Center 7-9 PM, Free • 372-2208 •

Fri., Jan. 10

Art Reception Sally Griffin Ctr. 9 AM-5 PM, Free 372-2841 •

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Talk: Homeless Woman - Page 12

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PGHS Pool Reopening Ceremony 1:00 •

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Audubon Field Trip Moonglow Dairy 7:30 AM-Noon, Free 262-0782 •

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Sat.-Sun., Jan. 11-12 Actors’ Auditions Paper Wing Theatre 11 AM, 905-5684 •

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Diabetes Lecture at Monterey Library 6-7:30 PM, Free 646-5632 •

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Intro to Tai Chi, PG Art Center 2-3 PM, $10 • 278-6062 •

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Music for Exhibit Opening Yousuf Karch/Ansel Adams Photos Museum of Art La Mirada 6:30 PM, $10, Members Free 372-5477 •

Fri., Jan. 17

“Fins, Funds and Photos!” Museum of Monterey 5-8 PM, Free 372-2608 •

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Becoming Visible-The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey Fr. Michael Reid 10:00 AM Canterbury Woods 651 Sinex Ave. RSVP 657-4193 •

Sat., Jan. 18

Audubon Field Trip Andrew Molera Park 7:30 AM-3 PM, Free 262-0782 •

Sat.-Sun., Jan. 18-19

Children’s Musical Auditions Golden Bough Playhouse Appt. Only, 622-0100, x 100 •

Sat., Jan. 18

“Rats, Riots & Romantics” Howard Burnham Little House @ Jewell Park 5:30 PM, $10 • 747-1630 •

Sun. Jan. 19

Meet the Author Anne Perry Chautaqua Hall 2:00 PM $5 members of Friends of the Library $15 non-members •

Inside 100 Years Ago in Pacific Grove........... 6 Animal Tales & Other Random Thoughts............... 17 Finance............................................ 15 Green Page....................................... 14 Marriage Can Be Funny.................... 16 Otter Views....................................... 17 Poetry........................................... 7, 11

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Vol. VI, Issue 18

Water Project Update

Attempting to Clear A Muddy Stream

Water usage affects revenue as taxes and surcharges are added onto water usage. A drought situation as we are currently in keeps development and business revenue at bay. Second bathrooms, permits for restaurants and other uses await changes, and even if projects come to fruition, it may not result in enough new water to see some of these applications through, and some have been on the wish list for more than a decade. Irrigation costs for parks, the cemetery and golf course are skyrocketing as the City scrambles to find ways around using potable water for watering grass and green areas. At the Dec. 18, 2013 City Council Meeting, Mike Zimmer, Director of Public Works, gave a succinct update on water issues as they affect Pacific Grove. We have relied heavily on his statements in this report, which we hope will help our readers understand the current state of affairs.

By Marge Ann Jameson There's an old adage which says “The water won't run clear 'til you get the pigs out of the creek upstream.” A similar one says “The boat won't go straight 'til everyone rows in the same direction.” With the potential of public ownership reaching the ballot this November, the water just got a lot more muddy. and it’s unclear whether or not everyone is rowing in the same direction. It's not going to get better anytime soon. The deadline for the cease-anddesist order – under which we have been operating for nearly 20 years without making much progress toward alternative sources – will pass without a project, let alone a completed project. It is unknown if missing that deadline, combined with the current lack of rainwater, will result in water rationing. Rationing could kill the tourist industry on which the Monterey Peninsula depends for income, not to mention local businesses and residences. Tom McMahon, president of the Business Improvement District and owner of Monterey Bay Laundry, told the City Council Dec. 18 that his business water bill had increased some 300 percent to more than $1500 per month.

Diversions and Forks in the Stream

Trying to keep the acronyms straight let alone who’s doing what to whom has caused a lot of confusion for water users. And that’s everybody on the Monterey Peninsula. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

Cal-Am Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project has already seen a number of twists and turns, from a publicly-owned desalination plant proposal by Marina Coast Water District (which failed under a cloud of


Public Water Now Surpasses Signature Goal Major initiative to be on June, 2013 Ballot

By Marge Ann Jameson Public Water Now, the local grass-roots organization established in early 2013 to create public ownership of the Monterey Peninsula water system, has announced that it has surpassed the number of valid signatures required to put its public ownership initiative on the June 2014 ballot. Managing Director Ron Cohen said that the 5,600 signatures required “was accomplished in just 12 weeks and has since grown, reaching a total of more than 8,300 signatures which are being turned over to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District office here today for official registration. “We are thrilled to see the widespread interest in the community for an improvement in how our limited, yet vital water resources are managed,” he said. “We are especially proud that every signature was collected by one of our 150 dedicated Public Water Now volunteers. No paid helpers were

used or needed.” Speaking at the Dec. 18, 2013 Pacific Grove City Council meeting, in response to a question by Councilmember Ken Cuneo about how public ownership of the water utility might change the rate situation, Dave Stoldt of the Water Management District gave a neutral response. “We are agnostic on the issue,” he said, meaning the MPWMD has not taken a position on the matter. He pointed out that it will be a long process. He said that the MPWMD will “do what we have to do.” If the measure passes in June, 2014, the MPWMD will enter into a study about feasibility, and if the study indicates that public ownership of the water utility with MPWMD managing it is a “good idea,” the MPWMD would then go back to the cities involved and gather opinions and suggestions. He estimates that process could take as long as a year.

The next step, said Stoldt, is to go to Cal-Am and ask them to sell, and he doesn't believe they would say “yes” right offhand. The step after that would be an eminent domain process, whereby the MPWMD would, on behalf of the ratepayers, ask the courts to force the sale in the public interest. “That could take as many as three to five years,” he said. It didn't take that long in Santa Cruz County, where locals took Cal-Am to court in am eminent domain action. In Felton, in the San Lorenzo Valley of Santa Cruz County, Cal-Am acquired a private water utility called Citizens Utilities, which serviced the more than 5,000 residents of Felton. Rates increased and ratepayers were expressing increasing concerns about private water. A committee which called itself FLOW – Friends of Locally Owned Water – was formed and eventually was able to get a measure on the ballot in 2005. It passed with



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about 74.8 percent of the vote. The measure provided for approximately $11 million in acquisition transaction costs and acquisition costs. In 2006, the District made a formal offer of $7.6 million, which was refused by Cal-Am. In 2007, the SLVWD Board approved resolution of necessity and filed an action of eminent domain in Santa Cruz Superior Court. A judge ruled on the “right to take” portion of the question and the valuation portion was set for jury trial, but Cal-Am waived its defense on the right-to-take portion and, in mediation, reached a settlement of $10.5 million in cash plus assumption of a loan outstanding under the Safe Drinking Water Bond Act, owed by citizens and Cal-Am. The total was $13.4 million. SLVWD paid the $1 million in acquisition transaction costs itself. The ratepayers and property owners are responsible for the balance. It is being repaid by a special tax of $535 per year per water meter over the next 30 years. (Some property owners in Felton do not have water maters as they receive water from private wells.) But SLVWD Manager Jim Mueller testified at a February, 2011 water forum that ratepayer are also saving $535 per year on their water bills in the form of lower rates, so it would appear to be a wash. Questions remain about the deteriorated condition of Cal-Am's infrastructure, which the District was not allowed to inspect before completing the purchase, according to SLVWD General Manager Jim Mueller, who testified at a water forum in Monterey in 2011. Monterey Councilmember Frank Sollecito asked at the forum about hindsight. “If I was to go knock on doors in the district now, would I get a favorable reaction to what occurred? Are they still happy or would I get complaints?” “I would say that you would get an overwhelmingly favorable reaction from both the residents of Felton and the existing customers of San Lorenzo Valley Water District,” answered Mueller.

Ikebana Monterey to Meet in Pebble Beach

Ikebana Monterey Bay will meet on Tuesday, January 21 at 1:00 pm in the Conference Room at the Pebble Beach Community Services District, 3101 Forest Lake Road. Masako Kondo will demonstrate arrangements in the Ikenobo style. Members free, guests $5.00. Light refreshments will be provided after the meeting. Contact: Carol Marchette, 373-4691

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impropriety) through the County Board of Supervisors reversing their stand on the necessity of a public agency being involved to last week's accusation of violations of the Brown Act on the part of the Supervisors in their negotiations with Salinas water stakeholders. Recently, Administrative Law Judge Weatherford, who had been the presiding officer over the matter on the part of the Califoria Public Utilities Commission, suffered a debilitating stroke. As a result, the CPUC assigned ALJ Angela K. Minkin as co-ALJ. A majority of the parties to the action (including Cal-Am, Citizens for Public Water, City of Pacific Grove, Coalition of Peninsula Businesses, County of Monterey, Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), Landwatch Monterey County, Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) , Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (Water Authority) MPWMD, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA), Planning and Conservation League Foundation, Sierra Club, and Surfrider Foundation) reached settlement and lodged several settlement agreements on July 31, 2013. Since that time, non-settling parties lodged comments and objections to those settlement agreements. A majority of the settling parties then requested that Cal-Am’s Application before the CPUC be separated into parts; the purpose of this is to establish a separate phase of this CPUC proceeding and a procedural schedule leading to a Commission decision whether to authorize Cal-Am to build a smaller desalination plant combined with a water purchase agreement for water produced from the joint MRWPCA/MPWMD Groundwater Replenishment Project, a project which provides for enhanced tratment of wastewater for use as drinking water. ALJ Minkin held a special hearing on December 2, 2013, during which she posed clarifying questions to panels of witness that previously provided testimony in this proceeding.

Rocks Create Hazards Mid-Stream

Cal-Am 2013 Request for Rate Increase Cal-Am filed its 2013 General Rate Case Application on July 1, 2013. This is a statewide application for all Cal-Am water and wastewater districts, including Monterey, for the period 2015 - 2017. Customers may see a rate increase of 9.22 percent in 2015, 3.39 percent in 2016, and 2.27 percent in 2017 if the CPUC approves the Application as proposed. The Application contains 33 Special Requests that could also increase water costs. The City of Pacific Grove has been granted party status, together with others. Specific issues related to Pacific Grove are proposed Main System Improvements, Well Rehabilitation Improvements, Satellite System Interconnections, and the City’s Local Water Project. Specifically included in the scope are the following issues: 1. Whether Cal-Am’s proposed revenue rate increases are reasonable and justified; 2. Whether Cal-Am’s estimates for O & M and general expenses are reasonable; 3. Whether Cal-Am’s proposed additions to the plant are reasonable and justified; 4. Whether Cal-Am’s estimates for its General Office expenses are reasonable; 5. How to address any related safety impacts; and 6. Whether any or all of Cal-Am’s 33 “Special Requests” are justified. Local testimony will be accepted by the CPUC at Participation Hearings sometime in March or April 2014. The formal hearing will be held from June 16 to June 30, 2014. A proposed decision is scheduled for August 14, 2014. The CPUC will then take action on this on December 18, 2014, and the new Cal-Am rates are set to take effect on January 1, 2015.

Celebrate the 40TH Anniversary of the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library! Friends for Forty Years: The Beginning

Dianne Busse How It All Stacks Up Forty years ago the City Librarian, Mrs. Margaret McBride, had an idea. She envisioned a Friends group that would support the library. In the first Friends newsletter Mrs. McBride articulated her vision. “I can truly say that the foremost reason for my feeling that there was a need for this group was simply that is seemed that the community should be allowed and encouraged to become more involved in library activities; that we at the library ought to do more to make known what services we already have to offer and investigate the possibilities of expanding our services.” On January 9, 1974, our local Friends of the Pacific Grove Library was officially formed. The first Friends book sale was held three months after its formation and within months there were more than 100 members. During the first year, the Friends started a shut-in service providing books to senior citizens who found it impossible to get out of their home and go to the library. In the mid 1970s, the Friends supported a bond measure to fund an expansion of the Library. In a foreshadowing of what was to happen over 30 years later with Measures J (in 2009) and Q (in 2010), the measure received 65 percent of the vote but failed to reach the critical two-thirds level by 95 votes. A year later, the library was able to get a federal grant for the expansion and in 1978 the most recent addition on the Library’s south side was completed. Mrs. McBride was pleased with her brainchild. “It has been so gratifying simply to find more than 100 persons eager to be Friends of the Library. That you have turned out to be possessed of so many talents and so willing to share them has been a real bonus. The mere fact that we have an active and growing association has helped carry the message to the community that there is a library in Pacific Grove, and that something is going on in it.” (This article is based on work by Judy Wills.)

Our Goals for 2014

This year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library. To honor this anniversary, our goals for 2014 are: • 400 members in 2014 • $40,000 contribution to the Library to support library programs • Four special events throughout 2014. We invite you to support our special historical library in Pacific Grove. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT with ANNE PERRY. This is the first of 4 special events scheduled to celebrate the anniversary in 2014. The Friends of the Pacific Grove Library member annual meeting will be held after Anne’s presentation.

Monterey County Gives!

Since 2000, the Monterey County Weekly, in partnership with the Community Fund for Monterey County, has sponsored an annual end of the year fund-raising effort for local non-profit organizations. As the Weekly says, “Without the more than 1,000 local nonprofits working tirelessly to fulfill their missions — every day — our community would look and feel like a very different place. And that would not be a good thing.” Non-profits are asked to submit a “big idea” and the best of these are selected to participate. This year, for the first time, the Friends submitted a big idea and was selected. The project has two intertwined parts: • One is to improve Library access — especially by the older members of our community — through the use of technology. • The other is to provide meaningful employment to our tech-savvy teenagers as they train interested seniors in how to take advantage of these improvements. In honor of the Friends 40th anniversary in 2014, our goal was to generate at least $4,000 from at least 40 donations. Building on a $1,000 challenge grant from a loyal Friend, we did it. With 49 contributions, the effort generated $4,280, not counting the match from Monterey County Gives!

Plan to attend the MEET-THE-AUTHOR EVENT with ANNE PERRY SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm Chautauqua Hall Anne Perry, internationally renowned author, will speak about her craft prior to the Friends’ annual meeting. Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England, World War I novels as well as six holiday novels—most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry’s talk begins at 2:00 pm; the annual meeting of the Friends will follow immediately after the presentation. Admission: Members $5.00; $15.00 non-members. Tickets are available at the Library. We are expecting a crowd, so if you have not bought tickets yet, drop by the Library and secure your seat.

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Pacific Grove's Local Water Project The City has undertaken site investigations at Pt. Pinos, including a Topographic Survey, Preliminary Biology survey, and Cultural & Historic Resource inventories. An assessment has been completed as to the condition of existing structures and as to the local geotechnical setting. The City has also refined plans related to the wastewater diversion at Asilomar Ave. This includes proposed conveyance to Pt. Pinos, a new treatment and disinfection process, and plans for the refurbished clarifier and digester for temporary storage. Plans for transmitting waste solids to MRWPCA for have been refined. An examination has been made of the irrigation service area, and several demand groups have been identified. Preliminary permit applications have been prepared for the California Coastal Commission, Monterey County Public Health, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. These efforts also include the Recycled Water Permit, and the Air Quality Construct & Discharge permit. A draft Facility Plan Report will soon be complete which will facilitate City eligibility for a low-interest state revolving fund loan.

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“Searching for My Roots in Ukraine” talk at Double Nickels Club

Dan Presser, owner of Four Winds Travel in Carmel, will speak on “Searching for My Roots in Ukraine” at Wednesday’s (Jan. 8) meeting of the Double Nickels & Up Lunch Club at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 301 Corral de tierra Road in Corral de Tierra. A catered lunch will be served at noon in the church parish hall, 301 Corral de Tierra Road, followed by the program. “Double Nickel Plus” is a regularly-scheduled activity for those 55 and older. Suggested donation is $5 but not required. For information call 484-2153 or visit


Chamber Offers Shuttle to AT&T Tournament For the twelfth straight year, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce will run a shuttle bus service to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on Wed. through Sun., Feb. 5 -9. In addition, admission tickets to the Tournament will be available for sale at the Chamber beginning Jan. 15. The shuttle will depart in front of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History starting Wed., Feb. 5, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thurs. through Sat., Feb. 6-8, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun., Feb. 9, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m .for the estimated 20-minute trip to the tournament at Pebble Beach. The cost for the shuttle is $20 for all day. A five-day pass is available for $60. Free unlimited parking is available a block away on Ocean View Boulevard. Three comfortable 60-passenger buses from Pacific Monarch will be used for the shuttle. Each rider will receive a special gift bag containing money-saving coupons, postcards and brochures. Golf fans are reminded that cameras, cell phones, large backpacks, and large bags are not allowed on the golf courses during the tournament. Programs and pairing sheets are available at the tournament. The Chamber will promote the shuttle service, which eliminates the need for golf fans to drive to the campus of California State University Monterey Bay on the old Fort Ord to board transportation to the tournament. Golf fans, except those with

special parking privileges, are not allowed to drive their cars to the tournament on Thursday-Sunday. “They lose an hour of their valuable time going back and forth and having to endure a longer ride to the tournament and back again. The Chamber’s direct shuttle to Pebble Beach alleviates that problem and allows the Chamber to show its hospitality to our wonderful visitors,” said a Chamber spokesperson. Last year’s Chamber AT&T shuttle drew 3,000 people over the tournament’s five-day run. Officials expect that number to grow substantially this year because of anticipation that the tournament’s popularity will grow and the very real possibility of better weather conditions than in the past. Tickets to the golf tournament are available at the Chamber. The cost for tournament rounds is $55 a day. Play begins at 8 a.m. each day except for Sunday’s final round at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, when the action begins at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Grove lodging establishments will be offering special packages and discount rates for the length of the tournament. Some stores in Pacific Grove also will remain open late on Friday and Saturday to accommodate golf fans. For more information, contact the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce at 373-3304 or visit

The Annual Good Old Days celebration, an event of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, has been rescheduled to April 5-6, 2014. The annual parade, sponsored by the Pacific Grove Rotary Club, will be held on April 5. Always a popular event with the public, it is open free to non-profits who wish to march and/or perform in the parade portion of the event. Entries are open this year to commercial entities for a fee of $50. Those wishing to participate in the parade should complete the form below and mail it to Chairman Ken Cuneo, 1113 Buena Vista Ave., Pacific Grove 93950. Completion of this application does not guarantee acceptance into the parade If your application is accepted, you will be sent a confirmation letter along with further parade instructions, The Pacific Grove Rotary Club reserves the right to reject any application and will not accept entries that intend to promote a political cause, a political campaign or business, or any entry that poses a potential safety risk to parade participants or audience. Please return this form no later than Feb. 15, 2014. Name of entry__________________________________________ Contact Person_________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________ Phone________________________________________________ Category (Band, float, Equestrian, Marching Unit, etc.)__________ _____________________________________________________ # of persons/vehicles/horses/floats or relative size of entry_______ _____________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION Please write what you would like the announcer to read aloud about your entry during the parade. Do not write “Use same as last year.” If this section is left blank, your entry will not be announced. Please note that if you plan to perform in front of the reviewing stand, the time limit is 30 seconds _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

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Author Anne Perry at Chautauqua Hall

Internationally renowned author Anne Perry will speak about her craft before the Friends annual meeting on January 19, 2pm to 4:30pm. Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace.

Upcoming Events at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Saturday, January 25 Science Saturday: Amazing Migrations Could you travel hundreds, even thousands of miles by only using your memory, or your sense of smell? Come see how well you can migrate! Try matching scents as salmon do when they try to find their home river, create a bracelet that follows the long journey of a gray whale, and see if you can survive life as a migratory bird! Spend your day at the Museum as you learn just what makes these migrations so amazing! Also, we’re celebrating Sandy the Whale’s 31st Birthday! At 1:00 p.m. we’ll sing happy birthday and serve cake to guests (first come first served basis). Drop in any time between11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during this FREE event! March 5 - May 14 California Naturalist Course Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Partners with the  University of California to Offer Master Naturalist Certification Program The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is hosting the third California Master Naturalist Certification Course. Students receive a University of California certification as a California Master Naturalists after completing 40-hours of hands-on training with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Students can also receive course credit through the University of California-Davis. Course instructors are local field experts and scientists selected from organizations working directly with our local natural resources such as the Bureau of Land Management, California State University-Monterey Bay, and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. The Master Naturalist class covers the natural and cultural history of California, with an in-depth look at our local ecology. Through field trips, classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of our region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and by working on a group project. Classes will be held every Wednesday from 6- 8:30pm from March 5 to May 14. There will also be four Saturday field trips the dates of which are to be determined. The cost of the course is $350, including materials. Pacific Grove Museum volunteers who have logged more than 25 hours before the start of the course will be able to register at a reduced rate of $150. For more information, go to http:// . To register please contact Ann Wasser at (831) 648-5716 ext 14 or email at wasser@pgmuseum. org. California Master Naturalist is sponsored by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the University of California Cooperative Extension. 

24th Annual Great Taste of PG Announces Date

PG P.R.I.D.E.'s 24th Annual Great Taste of PG will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at The Inn at Spanish Bay. There will be more than 30 local restaurants and wineries participating this year for a night of food, wine, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $50 per person (over 21 years of age only). For reservations please visit www. Donations and sponsorships are currently being sought. PG P.R.I.D.E. is a California not-for-profit community foundation that raises money to support the students, staff and classrooms of the Pacific Grove Unified School District. Founded in 1982, PG P.R.I.D.E. has donated more than $1,000,000 for learning materials, musical instruments, technology, class trips and camps, art supplies, writers- and poets-in-residence, science equipment, stage productions, athletics, and improvement of facilities. The contributions of PG P.R.I.D.E. enrich the quality of education offered to the students of Pacific Grove schools. Ninety-eight percent of the funds raised from donations, gifts, events and bequests are returned to Pacific Grove schools. Teachers submit grant requests that are reviewed bi-annually by the PG P.R.I.D.E. board. Requests range from $50 to several thousand dollars; grant funds support academics and activities at all seven district schools. The PG P.R.I.D.E. board consists of volunteers from within the school district boundaries. PG P.R.I.D.E. is a California not-forprofit community foundation that raises money to support the students, staff and classrooms of the Pacific Grove Unified School District.

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12/28/13-01/03/14 Hope she's not paying by the character

Reporting party says he has received hundreds of next messages and phone calls from ex-girlfriend after she was told not to call him.

Cancel the ad

A woman put an ad in a newspaper (not this one) looking for a friend. She has told this guy she no longer wants to speak with him but he's calling her 15 times a day.

Lost, found, and otherwise misappropriated

A woman made a report of a stolen purse. She thinks her sister did it but she doesn't want to press charges. A money clip including a California driver’s license was lost near the crosswalk at Asilomar State Beach sometime in the last six days. A license plate was missing from a trailer. An earring was lost somewhere between Cypress /Laurel and Cypress/Forest to Lighthouse from 15th to 19th. That's what it said. Mystery property was found near Pine Ave, It was booked into property and will be kept at PGPD for safekeeping. A purse was found in a cab and turned in to PGPD. A cell phone was lost on Sinex. A digital camera was reported lost on Sunset. A wallet was lost on 16th. A school identification card was turned in. A Samsung tablet was found which appeared to have been run over.

Thief hoping for Grandma's Christmas money?

A woman noticed a Christmas card and a bill in her mailbox as she was leaving, but when she returned the Christmas card was gone. Too bad they didn't take the bill, too.

This sucks

Someone siphoned about five gallons of gas from a work vehicle.

Traffic altercations

V-1 struck parked vehicle and split the scene. V-1 ran a stop sign and broadsided V-2. Driver of V-2 was taken to the hospital complaining of pain. A woman backed out of a parking stall on Lighthouse and hit a raised planter. As the car spun, someone broadsided her.

Don't stiff the cabbie – they know where you live

A woman didn't pay the fare after taking a taxi. She was found to be intoxicated and was arrested, booked, and transported to County Jail until sober. No indication as to whether the cabbie was eventually paid or not.

False/Forged Checks, False/Forged Credit Card

Seaside issued a report about forged checks. The officer went to the bank to follow up and says it's related to cases in Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Seaside. Here's a turnabout: A woman reported she received a Target credit card she hadn't ordered. Turns out several credit accounts had been ordered in her name.

Maybe he just wanted to watch the boats go by

A dog was observed on the rocks. A citizen retrieved it, and took it to its home. The owner said the children had left the gate open and a second dog was also missing, It was found, but it was neat.

Wire vs. garbage truck

A Waste Management truck apparently struck a low-hanging power line on Benito Ave. but it wasn't their fault: the wire was hanging low because of recent modeling at a residence. PG&E secured the line and no one was shocked.


The report says “Unknown suspects attempted to pry the door on the victim's vehicle while in Santa Barbara.” It is unclear if the suspects were in Santa Barbara or the vehicle, or maybe the vehicle and suspects were here and the owner was in Santa Barbara.

Check the laundromat up the street

A person filled a cup with soda from the fountain machine and concealed it in his left front pants pocket. He was confronted by the manager and fled the scene without paying for the drink. Um, shouldn't be hard to find the perp.

Doggie shooters?

Three Dixie cups full of a Jell-O-like substance were found in the back yard of a home on Lobos. The reporting party said he had found another one on New Year's Day and two earlier in the day. The reporting party is concerned that someone is trying to poison his dogs, but the dogs didn't eat the shooters.

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Jon Guthrie’s High Hats & Parasols

100 Years Ago in Pacific Grove Please bear in mind that historical articles such as “High Hats & Parasols” present our history — good and bad — in the language and terminology used at the time. The writings contained in are quoted from Pacific Grove/Monterey publications from 100 years in the past. Please also note that any items listed for sale in “High Hats” are “done deals,” and while we would all love to see those prices again, people also worked for a dollar a day back then. Thanks for your understanding.

Main line Notices Gilroy clean-up under way

And the cost is…

• Sensational prices at Stetson’s, the tailor. 25 percent reduction on all handmade clothing. • Do away with the itch by applying Sam’s anti-itch cream. 24₵ a bottle on your first purchase. 49₵ a bottle on subsequent purchases. Available from any drug store.

Author’s notes…

• Your author thinks this may have been a pun, as in “snap peas.” The City of Gilroy is continuing its clean-up after last week’s inundation. After • An individual once offering goods on credit reported being owed $65,000 when his shop was closed. the storm, the water’s high mark was estimated at more than one foot inside buildings • This was long before the era of “quarks.” and more than two feet in the streets. Merchandise stored in basements has been ruined by the flood, and merchandise kept on the ground level of stores is mottled and water spotted. The new levee is broken in several places and the Southern Pacific track has been washed away between Gilroy and Sargents. Pacific Grove received only a little rain and has been spared a similar clean-up.

Mayes seeks her fortune

Miss Marion Mayes has departed the Grove for a bit of a between-semesters holiday visiting with friends who are now living in Nevada City. Miss Mayes said that among the activities she plans to enjoy will be a bit of panning for silver or gold. Those precious metals are thought to still be available in the area although most heavy mining has shut down. The Review wishes Miss Mayes good luck in finding one or the other of the metals … or even better … both. After Miss Mayes returns home she will leave again to continue her studies at San Jose Teachers College.

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An appetite for good things

To eat is an activity born within one’s self, and it is not difficult to keep your family in good humor when you offer them good food. And if you shop at A. S. Hendricks, grocer, having wholesome things is a snap … like fresh peas. 1 You can select a fine lot of food as well as condiments and extras. Short on cash? Open a charge account. 2 The quality makes our things a pleasure to buy and the price makes them an economy. To phone, ask the operator to connect you with number 80. Call on us in person at 566 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove.

Talking machine

Purchase a Victor, Edison, or Colombia machine and you will have much more than just a machine, you will have a machine that can make music or even talk to you. Send a request for information to the Review and we will promptly send you the vitals. We will also place your name on a list so that we mail more facts each week. Your new machine can be purchased from the Review or at the Palace Drug Company in Monterey, phone number 204.

Elect Fitzsimmons

Be sure to take part in the special election coming up, and while you are at it vote for A. M. Fitzsimmons to take over as a justice of peace in Pacific Grove. Fitzsimmons has been serving as interim JP until made permanent by the will of the people. During his stint, Fitzsimmons has handled the business of the township with alacrity. Mr. Fitzsimmons promises to continue handling the township’s needs fairly and with good speed. The election will be held on Friday, two weeks hence.

Smallest and fastest thing in world

Science once believed that a molecule of hydrogen was the smallest and fastest thing in the world. In fact, a molecule of hydrogen was taken as the measuring unit by which all other life forms were measured in determining size and speed. No more. A new substance has been found that is at least 100 times smaller than hydrogen particles and much speedier. This item is an electric ion. They say that the electric ion is so small that it can run through a copper wire the size of a hair at a speed of 180,000 miles per second. In size, that makes an electric ion much smaller than a grain of sand … and much faster. Scientists are now equipped with measuring devices much more accurate than a grocery store scale. Those things found to be less than 1 millionth of a particle in size are to be sized as a “smidgen”. Their speed is injudicious. 3

Distinguished visitors

The members of the International Phytogeographical Association, whose coming was mentioned in the Review several weeks past, are now in town and on schedule. The Pacific Grove hotel is filled to capacity, and so several members are residing in the Del Monte and traveling back and forth by electric bus. The group began its activities with a meal at the Pacific Grove hotel followed by a visit to the homestead of H. A. Green in New Monterey, there to view his new plantings. During the evening, Botanist Adolph Engler spoke about the theories of evolution. Other speakers in no particular order included Prof C. Bride Turbent of Copenhagen, Dr. H. Beckworthy of Munich, and Dr. Carl Skolisberg of Sweden. Local officers attending included Mrs. Jay Norton, Mr. J. P. Pryor, Mr. K. Chase, and D. G. L. Grines. The events conclude Saturday with a visit to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Guests staying over through Sunday will be taken by auto mobile to Cypress Point to view Bishop’s Pine and other species indigent to the coastal forest.

Bits and pieces

• Cramer’s invites you to look for Cramer’s specials every day. We are at 547 Lighthouse in the Grove. • Low cost, high-quality, second-hand home furnishings are available from Paul’s in Monterey and Pacific Grove. Our furnishings need a new life! • The Review is proud to note that Master Sargent Todd Adams, son of Mrs. Mary Adams of this city, is in town to visit with relatives and friends. McCauley in on a 30 days furlough. • Mr. John Willey is in town from Central America where Willey is serving on a mission. Mr. Willey expects to return south in a short while. • Dimes are growing into dollars for those with savings accounts at the bank of Pacific Grove.

St. Anselm’s Anglican Church Meets at 375 Lighthouse Ave. Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Fr. Michael Bowhay 831-920-1620 Forest Hill United Methodist Church 551 Gibson Ave., Services 9 AM Sundays Rev. Richard Bowman, 831-372-7956 Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942 Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12 tsp.h Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-394-5712 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church

146 8th Street, 831-655-4160

Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Ave., 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove

915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel (831) 624-2015 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 643-2770

January 10, 2014 • CEDAR STREET

New Year Resolutions from the SPCA of the Monterey Peninsula

Dr. Barbara Mossberg Poet-in-Residence

By Dawn Fenton

Animal Chatter Why not include your pets in your New Year’s resolutions? Here are some great ways to get your furry family members in on the fun. And who knows? Maybe your four-legged friends will help you to keep those resolutions this year! RESOLUTION #1: A common New Year’s resolution is to include more exercise in that daily routine. We all want to look better and feel great, so take your canine friend for a walk! Not only will you do your dog’s body good, it will put a special spring in your step. Studies have shown that both you and your dog will reap the benefits of a daily walk with healthy results that last longer than other diet plans. If you do not have a dog, consider adopting one from The SPCA for Monterey County. The SPCA has wonderful dogs that are just waiting to find that special forever home. If adopting a dog is not right for you but you still want to incorporate that dog walk into your lifestyle, consider volunteering at the SPCA. Volunteer dog walkers enjoy taking our adoptable dogs for walks on The SPCA’s grounds. Individuals interested joining our team of wonderful volunteers can contact Angela Bernier, Volunteer Coordinator, at (831) 264-5423. RESOLUTION #2: Resolve to go back to school. The SPCA has fun, affordable, high quality pet training classes for every level. From Puppy Kindergarten to Tricks and Games, SPCA training classes will strengthen the bond between you and

your pooch. Our classes are for all breeds, ages and skills, from puppies to adults, and completely untrained to great family dogs looking for some fun. Your whole family will enjoy the classes. You can see all our classes at RESOLUTION #3: Make time for that annual trip to the doctor’s office for both you and your furry, fuzzy or feathery family members. You owe it to yourself to check in with the “people” doctor; and you also owe it to your pets to maintain their health and keep all vaccinations up to date. The SPCA for Monterey County provides low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccinations, microchips and more for dogs and cats in our community. For more information or to make an appointment please contact us at (831) 264-5400. RESOLUTION #4:     Become an advocate!   Check out the SPCA for Monterey County on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, or simply “bone up” on your SPCA facts at and share your newfound knowledge with all of your friends. RESOLUTION #5: In this new year, shower more love than ever on your pets! Research tells us that our animals contribute so much to our lives: blood pressure can be lowered by taking your dog to work with you; older adults who own dogs are sick less often than those who don’t own dogs; the list of positives goes on and on. Give them all the love that they deserve, and then some. That’s a resolution that should be very easy to keep!

Eye MD on Cass

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Committed To The Health Of Your Eyes...

The Grove Market, My Neighbor It is early morning, too early, nothing is open, Everything is closed. My daughter who cannot eat gluten Is hungry, and I have set out in the most ancient of ways, To forage something for my child to eat. Nothing is open, Everything is closed. I walk to the Grove Market, To see when it opens. 8 am, over an hour away. The lights are on. I look inside, and I remember my first-grade Where we learned “store” and this store is like that: A soft lighting, arched ceiling, old-fashioned feel, Where you do not feel lost among rows of towers. You feel just right, the size you are. Your life seems orderly and possible. Behind the deli counter, people in white aprons are smiling. They are slicing tomatoes and working at tables, And they look happy. I take in the scene, and although it is closed, I am happy, looking at the happiness inside. A man comes to the door: he does not say, “We’re closed.” He says, like in a fairy tale, “Come in, for whatever you came for.” He unlocks the door. In surprise and gratitude I walk into the aroma of things baking, a morning kitchen, The way your house would smell right now, if our families were as they were, The way we used to live, before we lost ourselves, in urban aisles of the world That make us feel puny, when neighbors were there and their doors Were never closed to you. In a world that often seems like whatever it is you want, Nothing is open, everything is closed, you feel a citizen of an old world, Buying eggs and butter in a market with a kind heart and jolly goodness. In a good world, it is never too early. © Barbara Mossberg 2014

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New You

Health and Wellness

Learning to Use Your Intuition in the New Year Rabia Erduman

Self discovery Intuition is our deep inner knowing about making the right decisions and using the right words when we speak. When we are born, we are very intuitive naturally. We know what feels right and what doesn’t. We sense kinesthetically that our parents judging us and judging each other is not healthy, that love and gratitude are natural ways to interact with people. When something does not feel right, like being criticized for getting a bad grade, or trying to stop our parents from screaming at each other, we intuitively get upset. Then,very often, we get judged for being upset. “Don’t cry.” “You shouldn’t get angry.” “It’s not that bad.” Over time, when our natural, intuitive responses at home and in school keep being pushed down and criticized, we have to repress our intuition, because our survival depends on mom, dad, teachers, the authority figures in our lives. We start believing that if they are not satisfied with our behavior, then something must be wrong with us. Because of our deep intuitive sense that our survival depends on these people, we know that we need to get their approval, be need to be a “good girl,” a “good boy,” and behave in a way we are “supposed to” behave. As a child, having to repress our intuition feels very confusing. We also get through trial and error that we don’t have a choice. We end up feeling lost, lonely, and abandoned. Guess what? Today, as an adult, you don’t have to stay suck in your childhood conditioning. You have CHOICES! You can now look at your past, realize why you had to repress your Intuition as that wonderful child, feel deep understanding and compassion for your now Inner Child, and start the healing

journey. The first step is to know that as an adult, you now have the capacity to learn new skills, like how to use your Intuition in your daily life. Intuition can be accessed in two places deep in your body: One area is your pelvis, the other is your chest and all the way to your upper back. Imagine you need to make a decision. Different people in your life have different ideas about what your decision should be. Get a piece of paper and write down all the possibilities, all the pros and cons. Then, close your eyes and tune in to your body, and get a sense of your pelvic area and your chest. One of these two areas wants to be touched and will gently draw your hands toward it. Sometimes, both body parts want to be touched. Trust the process and hold your pelvis and\or your chest with both hands. Take a few deep breaths, then ask your Intuition in that part of your body: “What is the highest choice in this situation for me and everyone else involved?” Intuition becomes tangible up in three different ways: Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Let’s say you want to decide whether to go to a Thai Restaurant or a Mexican Restaurant for dinner. You might see the name of the restaurant, you might hear the name in your brain, or you might have a deep inner sense of which one is the highest choice. Sometimes you might be at a meeting where you can’t do this process directly in the room. We all need to use the bathroom several times a day, right? Just say that you need to use the bathroom where you can take deep breaths, hold your body, and tune into the highest choice. Practice makes the master. The more you practice this, the easier it will

Transform your negative beliefs. . . transform your life. Rabia Erduman, CHT, CMP, RPP, CST Author of Veils of Separation


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be to know your highest choices in your life. The beauty of being an adult today is that this is your life. You deserve to live your life in a way that feels joyful and good. It is your birthright. And because we are adults today, we have the capacity to learn how to tap into our intuition, support ourselves and each other to create a life of grace and ease. Say to yourself outloud: “This is my life. I deserve the best. So does everyone else.”


Rabia Erduman was born in Istanbul, Turkey and later spent 10 years in Germany before arriving in the United States in 1983. She has traveled extensively in Europe, India, and Bali and is fluent in English, German, and Turkish. Rabia has a B.A. in Psychology,

and uses the Clarity Process, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, and Trauma Release to assist clients in their process of self-discovery. She teaches Chakra Balancing, Intuitive Touch, and Spiritual Awakening workshops. Rabia has been in private practice since 1983 and teaching since 1984. An inspiring lecturer, Rabia has given talks on chakras, hypnotherapy, past life regression, and living life in ecstasy, among other topics. She has also been interviewed on radio and television shows. Rabia is the author of Veils of Separation - Finding the Face of Oneness, and has four Guided Imagery CDs: Relaxation, Meditation, Chakra Meditation, and Inner Guides.

To those wishing to understand

Who are Chiropractors? Dr. Richard Bend Monterey Peninsula Chiropractic Society In my desire to explain the big idea behind chiropractic I often forget that the person I am talking to is often hearing about chiropractic for the first time and what I am saying is contradicting ‘everything’ they’ve ever heard about health care. Then when I take a different tack I often find myself losing them by droning on and on and on. It’s a trait my wife finds annoying. The human side of chiropractic is often lost in explaining ‘what’ chiropractic is. So Instead of my telling you what chiropractic is perhaps I can tell you ‘who’ chiropractors are and how we chose this profession. I am one of 32 chiropractors dating back to 1925 when my grandfather first opened his office. The story behind his becoming a chiropractor would make an interesting movie because it is full of adventure, tragedy and redemption. My grandfather started life on a 6000 acre dairy farm in central Illinois. As happened on many farms, times got tough so when he was old enough he took employment elsewhere to supplement the farm’s income. After prohibition took hold the most lucrative job he could find was bootlegging. One trip from either Canada or Kentucky would cover the costs of the farm for several months. Not only would the costs be covered but he could afford to buy a Stutz Bearcat touring car in which he could haul whiskey and still outrun the cops. Alongside his side job he was still expected to handle his chores on the farm and participate in cutting hay for winter. It was while loading hay into the barn where his life changed. One of the horses pulling the trailer spooked and reared up knocked my grandfather down. When the horse came back down again he landed on my grandfather’s head, crushing his skull and blinding him. The fact that he wasn’t killed was a miracle. Over the next year he was taken to specialist after specialist to see if they could restore his vision. It was on a visit to Palmer Chiropractic College that he was told the bitter truth that he would never see again. It was during the course of this explanation that my great grandfather saw an opportunity for his son. Chiropractic was the perfect career for a blind man. Not only was it the perfect profession for his blind son, but the profession as explained to him made sense. Being a farmer, common sense was a trait he held high. My grandfather was enrolled in Palmer that day and his sister Gladys as well so that she could read the textbooks to him. As a result she became one of the first female chiropractors and would go on to become the oldest living female chiropractor in the USA. Upon graduation they both opened an office in Dixon, Illinois. However, the timing was such that chiropractors all over Illinois were being harassed and arrested. Grandpa addressed this problem by phoning up his former boss from bootlegging days and asked for some assistance. Being that his boss had been Al Capone, the problem of being hassled immediately stopped. As a result all of the chiropractors in Dixon who had been harassed repeatedly began working for him, which resulted in Bend Chiropractic of Dixon becoming the largest single chiropractic practice in Central Illinois. On Saturdays Bend Chiropractic would see widows and orphans for free, a tradition that continued up until both he and my grandmother passed. Throughout the years they published the Chiropractors Home Magazine, provided scholarships to students wishing to enter Chiropractic College. Being pioneers in the chiropractic profession they proved to be a driving force in the advancement of the profession. Sadly they both died before the medical profession’s attempt to squash chiropractic. Had they lived through that effort I would like to think they could have made a difference. Chiropractors were a different breed then. The passion they had moved mountains, silenced politicians and could not be subdued by ignorance. It is their passion I have burning deep inside my soul. What I lack, I fear, is the savvy with which to express this passion and have it heard the way it was meant to be. Perhaps through this series of stories I shall learn to communicate my passion and drive without losing the message. One can only hope. --Dr. Richard Bend

January 10, 2014 • CEDAR STREET

Pacific Grove Breakers vs. King City Mustangs Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 By Andrew Chyo HALFTIME: After winning the tip, the King City Mustangs gained an early lead, scoring the first six points of the game. Though the Mustangs started out hot, the Breakers were able to get back on their feet, battling to catch up to the Mustangs. By the conclusion of the first quarter, the Breakers stopped the Mustangs’ hot streak and left the quarter tied at 9. Into the second quarter, the Breakers really began to accelerate. The Breakers passed up the Mustangs and began to create a gap between the scores. At the end of the half the Breakers were up, leaving the score 24-17. REGULATION: After leading at the half, the Breakers continued to further their distance from the pursuing Mustangs. After sailing through the third quarter, the Breakers left it leading by 10, 40-30. Quickly into the fourth quarter, the Mustangs powered towards the Breakers, catching up to their 10-point lead, evening out the score at 40. Through the rest of the fourth quarter, the Breakers and the Mustangs fought hard with each other, both not able to break each others’ holds. The fourth quarter ended with a tie score of 47. POSTGAME/POST-OVERTIME: The tension at the beginning of the overtime period was intense to say the least. During the four minute period, both teams play their hardest to become the victors in the end. For two solid minutes, both teams were evenly matched both matching each others’ baskets. The last couple of minutes became increasingly gut-wrenching as each team increased their effort. The Breakers got ahead due to a foul that led to Brad Sendell shooting a one-and-one bonus free-throws, which both were made. After the successful one-and-one, the Breakers’ Luke Lowell was able to complete two more free throws off a shooting foul. Overtime ended with the Breakers on top, 54-51. Leading scorer tonight, Lowell, had 23. The Breakers go on to face the Carmel Padres in Carmel on Friday, January 10. Varsity begins at 7:30.

Pacific Grove Pony Baseball and Softball Seeking Team Sponsors for 2014 Season

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Pacific Grove

Sports & Leisure Ben Alexander

Golf Tips Ben Alexander PGA PGA Teaching Professional, Pacific Grove Golf Links, Bayonet Golf Course PGA Teacher Of The Year, No Cal PGA 831-277-9001

Pitch shots often confuse the average player.

Play ball! It’s that time of year again and PG Pony Baseball & Softball is seeking team sponsors for their 2014 season. In addition to team sponsorships for $300 a team, this year PG Pony is featuring the opportunity to donate to their Capital Improvement Fund, designated to special projects including: practice equipment, fencing, irrigation, facility improvement, general repairs and more.

So what is a pitch shot? These are shots around the green usually 40 yards and in when you’re around the green. Most of us get these shots ALOT when we play golf. Even the pros get pitch shots a lot. My teacher always taught me that a pitch shot is a mini swing of a full swing so if I hit my sand wedge 80 yards with a full swing a half swing is 40 yards, quarter swing is 20 yards. Practice these pitch shots because you are going to get a lot of them!

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 season include:

Congratulations Ben Alexander, named Monterey Bay Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year 2013!

• Team Sponsorship(s) at $300 per team: includes your business name on your team’s uniform, a team picture wall plaque, a personalized PG Pony Supporter Banner with your logo to be displayed during your team’s games & a hyperlink on the PG Pony website • Capital Improvement Fund to help maintain our fields and practice facilities: $500 donation • Capital Improvement Fund to help maintain our fields and practice facilities: donations over $500 To learn more or to donate/sponsor on-line, visit and just click on the “Sponsor a Team” icon or contact Lisa Thomas, Sponsorship Director at

Hootenanny celebrates Candlestick

This community sing-along and open jam will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the last Beatles concert at Candlestick Park. Songbooks with words and chords are provided at: HOOTENANNY XCVIII, Sat., Jan. 18. from 7-9:30 P.M. P.G. Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave. P.G. Free with pot-luck snacks appreciated. For info. contact Vic Selby, 375-6141.

PACIFIC GROVE Pacific Grove & Pebble beach residents: The Original Guide To Pacific Grove will be in your mailbox next month.

KEEP IT. USE IT. SHOP IN PACIFIC GROVE. *Local Businesses > Let’s show them what we’ve got! Deadline for participation: Friday, November 1, 2013 Call: 831-521-1685 • email:

Tai Chi offered at PG Art Center

Introduction to Tai Chi will be presented at the Pacific Grove Art Center on Thursday, January 16 from 2-3 p.m., and will continue on following Thursdays. The cost is $10 per session or $30 per month. Call instructor Jack Dodson at 278-6062 for more information or to register. Walk-ins accepted. The art center is located at 568 Lighthouse Avenue


Times • January 10, 2014

Your Achievements

Peeps Benefit for Big Sur at Cibo Ristorante Italiano raises $5132 victims

Cibo Ristorante Italiano, located at 301 Alvarado in downtown Monterey, is pleased to announce that its “Benefit for Big Sur” event on Friday, December 20, 2013 to help the victims of the Big Sur fire was a big success and $5132 was donated to the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA). Cibo donated 20 percent of all food and bar sales from the evening to help the victims. Hundreds from the community attended the event and also donated money and canned goods, clothing, toiletries and toys. All of the bands donated their time for this fundraiser for Big Sur. According to Cibo co-owner, Mario Catalano, “All of us at Cibo were so happy to hold this fundraiser event and make a difference in our community. It meant a lot to see people come together for such a great cause!” For more information, call (831) 649-8151.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop Seeking Volunteers

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is an upscale benefit shop located at 198 Country Club Gate in Pacific Grove. Profits from sales go to cancer research, patient services, and education. They are currently looking for volunteers to work in varying positions in both the main shop and the annex. No experience is necessary--just a willingness to work towards a good cause. For information, call (831) 372-0866 or apply in person, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.

Organizations thanked for charitable grants

Community Human Services recently expressed gratitude to organizations which awarded grants to support mental health, substance abuse and runaway and homeless youth services in Monterey County. The organizations noted include the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which awarded $40,000 to CHS; Interfaith Outreach of Carmel, which gave $10,000; and the Robert and Audrey Talbott Foundation, which awarded $5,000.

Holiday Toy Drive Success

On December 21 and 22 Monterey Fire Department personnel along with volunteers and the Kiwanis helped locate needy families, collect and wrap toys then distribute the toys to families in Pacific Grove, which included more than 100 children. There were a total of more than 240 gifts distributed on the Monterey Peninsula. Sponsors sent a “thank you” to the residents of the Peninsula who donated the toys and to the volunteers who assisted to help make this a successful event.

Monterey County Girl Scouts collect coats for needy

Scouts representing Troop 30601 from Carmel Valley's Tularcitos Elementary School, and Troop 30614, from Pacific Grove's Robert Down Elementary, manned a tent at Monterey's Del Monte Shopping Center for four hours Saturday. The girls greeted philanthropists who stopped to drop warm garments into two large barrels in exchange for a warm "thank you" and, if they wanted one, a tax receipt.

Barrymore Honored for Theater Preservation

After a decade of volunteer leadership at the historic Forest Theater in Carmel, Executive Director Rebecca Barrymore has stepped down. Barrymore, a Hollywood writer/ producer, has led the historic founding theater of Carmel through their centennial to this past year’s performance of “Hamlet” starring John Barrymore III, her former husband and the grandson of the famous stage actor of the 1920s, John Barrymore. The Barrymores were known as ‘the Royal Family’ of the US stage with the matriarch, Louisa Lane Drew, having been the first woman to manage her own theater in 1860 at the Arch Theater in Philadelphia, PA. Barrymore started her producing career during the 1970s-80s, working on the original “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Beatlemania” in NYC on Broadway and transitioning to West Coast productions at Universal Amphitheater and the Roxy Theater, and on TV productions for NBC’s Tonight Show, CBS “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest.” “It’s been really great having 10 years at such a unique outdoor venue like the old Forest Theater, with such a rich history of theater arts in the community and with California’s arts. The Bohemian arts movement helped establish this area as an artist colony, with many being women writers, poets and painters. It’s been an honor carrying on the tradition of theater arts here because of the history. I’ll miss it, but it’s a community theater and it’s time for a change in leadership now” states Barrymore. Yvonne Hildebrand Bowen will succeed Barrymore as the new director of the Forest Theater Guild. Barrymore is in currently in negotiations for the production of her original screenplay, based on a true story set in pre-WWII China to be shot in 2015, and raising funds for the preservation of America’s wild horses and supporting the effort to stop their slaughter by the US government’s Bureau of Land Management. In April, 2013, at the 37th Annual Community Service Awards ceremony, Barrymore was honored for her work with the Forest Guild Theater and the Feast of Lanterns. She will be honored this summer in Philadelphia with an award for her work with historic theater productions and for her preservation efforts in keeping classical theater arts alive in community theater.

Holiday Toy Drive Success

On December 21 and 22 Monterey Fire Department personnel along with volunteers and the Kiwanis helped locate needy families, collect and wrap toys then distribute the toys to families in Pacific Grove, which included more than 100 children. There were a total of more than 240

gifts distributed on the Monterey Peninsula. A big “thank you” to the residents of the Peninsula who donated the toys and to the volunteers who assisted to help make this a successful event!

Fellowship Programs Open Application Process

Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) announced that applications for the 2014-15 California Senate, Assembly, Executive and Judicial Fellowship programs are available. The programs provide college graduates an opportunity to become full-time staff members at the State Capitol in Sacramento for 10 - 11 months beginning in October 2014. Fellowships are jointly operated by the three branches of state government and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Fellows are paid a stipend of $1,972 per month plus health benefits. They also earn graduate units from CSUS for the academic portion of the program. "Being a Fellow provides individuals with an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about how California’s state government operates,” stated Senator Monning. “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Fellowship programs provide a valuable view into the democratic process.” For those selected, an intensive orientation is provided at the beginning of the program to provide background on state government, the legislative process, and major policy issues, after which

candidates will be interviewed by various offices before being placed. Former Fellows include current members of Congress, the California Legislature, judges, and numerous other elected officials and community leaders. Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2014 is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major. Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply. Interested individuals can obtain additional information and applications on the CSUS Center for California Studies website at: calst/programs; e-mailing; or by calling the Center’s office at (916) 278-6906. Brochures and applications may also be requested by calling Senator Monning’s Monterey District Office at: (831) 425-0401; San Luis Obispo Office at (805) 549-3784; Santa Clara County number at (408) 847-6101; or Santa Cruz District Office at (831) 425-1503. The deadline for submitting applications is February 10, 2014. Fellows will be selected in the spring after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of the finalists.

New year, new exhibits at PG Art Center

On Friday January 10 from 7-9 p.m. the Pacific Grove Art Center will host an opening reception for January’s exhibits. Studies of the feminine form, investigations of nature and inspiration from dreams are themes that weave together for these diverse exhibits. In the main galleries, we feature artwork from four talented artists whose styles vary greatly but have underlying common threads of nature, meditation and dedicated practice.

Also featured are drawings from Pacific Grove Community High School students, whose images reflect greater meaning of what matters; and the community outreach education program ArtSmart showcases collage work created by third graders. In the Elmarie Dyke Gallery Sevilla Granger’s “Painted Forest” will be exhibited, while Marie-Christine Safford’s “Botanical Symphony” will show in the Nadine Annand Gallery. Susan Reith’s “Life Studies”

and ArtSmart’s collagewwworks will show in the Louise Cardeiro Foyer. In the David Henry Gill Gallery, “Dreaming Woman” by Lee Lawson will be exhibited. Pacific Grove Community High School students’ “What Matters” is also showing. Last day to see the shows is Thursday, February 13. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5, and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Call 372-2208 for more information.

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Up and Coming Mahalo Monday to benefit Big Sur Fire Relief

Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room will raise funds for people affected by the Big Sur fire with its Mahalo Monday program in January. In January, 10 percent of total sales will go to Big Sur fire relief by way of the Coast Property Owners Association and 100 percent of any extra donations will go to help people affected by the fire. Visit for more information. The Grill is located at 622 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. It is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and dinner nightly from 4 p.m. For more information go to or call 655-4852.

Military Officers Assoc. learn about Cyber Exploitation

The monthly luncheon meeting of the Monterey County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will be held on Thurs. Jan. 16, 2014, at Rancho Canada Golf Course, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. The speaker will be General Michael Carns, USAF (Ret). General Carns serves as Chairman of the Board of IAP Worldwide Service, Inc., and Member of the Boards of Digital Globe, Inc., Freedom Group, Inc. and Armed Forces Services Corporation. He also serves on a number of DoD panels, boards and task forces. His topic will be “Cyber Overview, and Personal Cyber Exploitation Protection.” Social hour is at 11:00, lunch at 12:00. Lunch cost is $20. Active duty and retired military, spouses and widows of military personnel are welcome. For reservations, please call 831-717-4469, by January 13.

Rudolph Tenenbaum

Poetry Let us Believe Let us believe That everything is OK. D is a perfect D. K is a perfect K. N is a solid N. L is a solid L. And all is well. Really well.

Let us believe That everything is OK. A loyal F! A loving A! Don’t we have The power and the skill To believe what we please, To believe at will?

Local Travel Writer to Speak at Hostel’s Monthly Potluck

On Monday, January 27, Stuart Thornton, author of Moon Coastal California and the forthcoming Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast guidebooks, will present a slide show and talk titled “Gems of the Central Coast” as part of the Monterey Hostel’s monthly potluck and travel program series. The Hostel is located at 778 Hawthorne at Irving, New Monterey. At 6:00 p.m., the potluck begins (bring a dish to share) followed by the presentation at 6:45 p.m. Following the program, Thornton will answer travel questions and sign copies of Moon Coastal California, which will be available for purchase at the event. Former staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly, Stuart Thornton now works as a freelance writer for a range of publications, from National Geographic Education to Relix Magazine. He will offer information on the best sights, restaurants, hotels, hikes, and more in the area stretching from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. As a former employee of the Big Sur Ranger Station, Thornton can offer unique insider tips that will be useful to longtime residents and new visitors alike. While working on his new book, Moon Coastal California, Thornton traveled the length and breadth of the coastline. He paddled through the glowing green sea caves of the Channel Islands, took in the wealth of artwork at Los Angeles’ Getty Center, kayaked Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, and finally surfed the renowned surf break “Trestles” near San Clemente. When not on the road searching for the next great secluded beach, uncrowded wave, or quirky coastal attraction, Stuart lives in Marina, California.

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Paper Wing Theatre to hold season auditions Paper Wing Theatre will hold auditions for its 2014 season on Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12 at 11 a.m. at the theatre. Appointments are available, but walk ins are also welcomed. Actors will be asked to cold read from the script of choice. All experience levels are invited and no previous experience is necessary. Shows for the season include: “A Tribute to ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’” All ages are needed for this play. “Three Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff”; three men aged 35 and above are needed.

“Jesus Hates Me”; four men and two women are required. “The Lyons”; two women and three men are needed. “Reservoir Dogs” will require eight men and one woman. “Nerve” calls for two actors, one a man and one a woman. “Salome”; all ages over 18 are needed. “1984” can use actors of all aages over 15. “Rocky Horror”; auditions will be held at a later date. For more information, call 905-5684 or visit www. The theatre is located at 320 Hoffman Avenue in Monterey.


Let us believe That everything is OK. No decline. No decay. No bothersome facts. No bothersome laws. Let us believe Just because. Let us believe That everything is OK remember the lines Of the poet Johnny McKay: “They cling to the tree, Those yellow leaves Because she believes, Just because she believes.” Let us believe That everything is OK. Remember: it wasn’t A game of croquet, But the Battle of Britain That was won by the few Because they believed. Not because they knew.

A dramatic panorama of `the City of Light' 1830-71 with `le bon Theo', poet, novelist, critic, balletomane and cat-lover extraordinaire Devised and performed by Howard Burnham AT THE LITTLE HOUSE IN JEWEL PARK, Pacific Grove

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, at 5:30 p.m. ∑ $10 at the door


Times • January 10, 2014

Program for Older Adults Receives $200K Grant

A targeted effort to improve care of older adults while they are in the hospital has received a $200,000 contribution from the Auxiliary of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, completing a five-year, $1 million pledge by the service organization. The Auxiliary’s gift supports Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a program created at New York University College of Nursing and subsequently adopted at more than 500 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America. Community Hospital received NICHE certification in 2013. “Although the Auxiliary is primarily a service organization, we are pleased to provide this financial support to our hospital,” says Mary Castagna, Auxiliary president.

Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital, center, receives a $200,000 check from Auxiliary members, from left, Jane Roberts, Chuck Wash, Mary Castagna, Auxiliary president, Lisa Sargisson, and Barbara Furtado. “Our volunteers staff 14 services throughout the hospital and its off-site locations and we feel that the NICHE program will further enhance the fine care provided to our senior patients and their families.” The contribution is the latest in an annual tradition by the Auxiliary and caps a five-year, $1 million pledge. The group has pledged to give the hospital an additional $1 million over the next five years. The funds are raised through sales at the hospital’s Comforts gift shop and Fountain Court Café. Both are staffed primarily by the Auxiliary, whose members give nearly 80,000 hours of service to the hospital annually. “The Auxiliary is an extremely positive force at Community Hospital in terms of both the service its members provide our patients, visitors, and staff and in the funds raised,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “Through their volunteer experiences, Auxiliary members know firsthand that many of our patients are elderly and will benefit from the NICHE program.” Through training and education of staff, NICHE is designed to: • increase awareness of geriatric issues • improve skills in geriatric care • support implementation of evidence-based protocols to enhance patient safety and reduce common clinical conditions such as pressure ulcers, certain infections, adverse medication reactions, and falls. The program is being introduced in phases, beginning at Westland House, Community Hospital’s skilled nursing and hospice center.

Andrea Maroney joins Legal Services For Seniors as outreach attorney

Andrea Maroney has joined Legal Services for Seniors as Monterey Peninsula Outreach Attorney. Mahoney has been with LSS on a part-time basis since 2012. She is now working with seniors at outreach sites in Carmel Valley, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey in addition to serving as the organization’s Monterey Peninsula office attorney. Appointments can be made by calling 899-0492. Legal Services for Seniors is a nonprofit organization that provides no-cost legal assistance to Monterey County seniors 60 years of age and above with an emphasis on serving those who are socially or economically needy. The group has offices in Seaside and Salinas and outreach sites in South County, North County and the Peninsula.

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According to the most recent census data, there are approximately 350 women who are homeless on the Monterey Peninsula on any given day. This is an increase of 9 percent since census data were collected in 2011. Over the course of a year, the number of women projected to be homeless on the Peninsula increases to 876. Single women on the Monterey Peninsula, who do not have dependent children, a diagnosis of mental illness, or current substance abuse, and are not in immediate risk of domestic violence, face the most critical lack of options for shelter and safety. Because there is only one 16 bed facility (in Seaside) where single women who are simply poor and homeless can find a bed, the wait time could last several months. Demographic data indicate a continued rise in the average age of homeless individuals as the general population ages.  Community organizations serving senior citizens like the Sally Griffin Center in Pacific Grove and the Alliance on Aging report an ever increasing number of homeless individuals (particularly women) who come to their day programs for shelter and safety but have to be turned out each night. Public libraries face a similar dilemma.   Shelter programs like IHELP (for men) or Dorothy’s Place in Salinas do not exist for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. Homeless service providers continue to face ever-deepening cuts from federal and state funds. The most current federal plan known as Opening Doors (which directs the design and implementation of community-based program initiatives around the country) does not identify single homeless women or homeless seniors as a focus for federal support. These severe budgetary constraints make expanding services to meet emerging needs challenging, if not impossible, without active partnerships and financial assistance from faith-based organizations and other grassroots community partners like The Fund for Homeless Women.

The Need:

Homeless women need immediate harm reduction, particularly those who are older and do not fit existing profiles for emergency shelter. To accomplish this, homeless service provider agencies and other nonprofit organizations serving homeless women would benefit from the immediate support of community partners to assist them in increasing awareness about this issue, and in raising funds to enhance options for shelter and safety.

Rev. Michael Reid will make a presentation on The Fund for Homeless Women at Canterbury Woods on Fri., Jan. 17 at 10:00 a.m. options for immediate shelter and safety. To accomplish this, In November, 2013, The Fund for Homeless Women will seek proposals that address one or more of the following priorities:   Increased/enhanced options for emergency hotel/motel shelter or transportation Organization and facilitation of sanctioned overnight parking Design and implementation of an emergency shelter program for women Comprehensive case management services

The Friends of Homeless Women

The Friends of Homeless Women is an active group of community partners who help increase awareness of the issue of homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula through strategic outreach, community conversations, and relationship building. The group meets monthly to educate themselves about the issues of homeless women and participate in raising contributions to The Fund through a variety of philanthropic activities. Members of The Friends are concerned and caring community members and represent a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations, faith communities, and governmental agencies. For more information, please contact The Rev. Michael Reid, St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, 146 12th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, (831) 373-4441

associaterector@stmarysbythesea. org The Fund: The Fund for Homeless Women a newly established Field of Interest mendocumentaryproject Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. The Fund’s resources are earmarked to increase services for women who are homeless on the Monterey Peninsula. It has two components: Endowment (for future, long-term goals), and Spendable (for immediate needs). All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Funds collected in 2013 will be disbursed in early 2014 through a competitive grant making process that focuses on Harm Reduction.The lead organizer and fundraiser for the Fund for Homeless women is The Rev. Michael Reid, Associate Rector, St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church.  Community leaders Marian Penn and Kathy Whilden are co-organizers of this grassroots effort. 

Objective 2014 Harm Reduction

Our objective is to reduce the number of women who are in danger of harm each night, by increasing access to and

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Community Foundation for Monterey County

The Community Foundation for Monterey County serves as the manager, advisor and fiscal sponsor of The Fund for Homeless Women. Make checks out to the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Indicate The Fund for Homeless Women and specify “Endow” or “Spend” in the check memo section. Credit card donations, stock transfers and estate/ planned gifts are also accepted by calling Foundation staff (831) 375-9712. Community Foundation tax ID is # 94-1615897. Community Foundation for Monterey County 2354 Garden Rd. Monterey CA, 93940

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Mortgage Rate Swings May Mean “Bumpy” 2014 Housing Market

John C. Hantelman

Financial Focus Financial Resolutions for the New Year

About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions — resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important long-term goals — it’s clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through. So, what sorts of financial resolutions might you consider? Here are a few possibilities: Boost your contributions to your retirement plans. Each year, try to put in a little more to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plans. These tax-advantaged accounts are good options for your retirement savings strategy. Reduce your debts. It’s not always easy to reduce your debts, but make it a goal to finish 2014 with a smaller debt load than you had going into the new year. The lower your monthly debt payments, the more money you’ll have to invest for retirement, college for your children (or grandchildren) and other important objectives. Build your emergency fund. Work on building an “emergency fund” containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid account that offers a high degree of preservation of principal. Without such a fund, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for emergencies, such as a new furnace, a major car repair, and so on. You might not be able to finish creating your emergency fund in one year, but contribute as much as you can afford. Plan for your protection needs. If you don’t already have the proper amounts of life and disability insurance in place, put it on your “To Do” list for 2014. Also, if you haven’t taken steps to protect yourself from the considerable costs of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay, consult with your financial professional, who can suggest the appropriate protection or investment vehicles. You may never need such care, but that’s a chance you may not want to take — and the longer you wait, the more expensive your protection options may become. Don’t overreact to market volatility. Too many people head to the investment “sidelines” during market downturns. But if you’re not invested, then you miss any potential market gains— and the biggest gains are often realized at the early stages of the rally. Focus on the long term. You can probably check your investment balance online, which means you can do it every day, or even several times a day — but should you? If you’re following a strategy that’s appropriate for your needs, goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, you’re already doing what you should be doing in the long run. So there’s no need to stress yourself over the short-term movements that show up in your investment statements. Do whatever you can to turn these New Year’s resolutions into realities. Your efforts could pay off well beyond 2014. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by John Hantelman, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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By Kevin Stone Monterey County Association of Realtors Experts posit that an important trend could continue in 2014 due to the inversely proportional relationship between the average of mortgage interest rates and newhome sales. Simply put, as interest rates go up, demand from would-be homeowners drops, and if rates change significantly, then the 2014 housing market will feel the effects. • During 2013, increases in mortgage rates corresponded with declines in home buying, and in light of shifts in the Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus effort, the trend is expected to continue. • When the Fed first announced it would consider scaling back its bond-buying program, mortgage interest rates spiked in May. As a result, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of new home sales dropped by 4 percent from the

prior month. • In contrast, mortgage rates dropped by three-tenths of a percentage point during October just as new home sales surged 18 percent. • In mid-December, the Fed announced that it will begin tapering its asset purchase program, but the Fed is only reducing its monthly buys of mortgage securities and Treasuries by just $10 billion. • If mortgage interest rates increase a little, some analysts have stressed that further rate increases will see the recovery slow rather than reverse. • The interest rate on U.S. Treasury notes is also increasing, which could signal higher interest rates ahead because it is used as a reference point for the cost of borrowed money for U.S. consumers and businesses.


Times • January 10, 2014

Sounding off over sonar Concern on all sides over Navy exercises By Cameron Douglas Despite vigorous opposition from environmental organizations about the effect on whales and other marine life, the U.S. Navy recently announced they will continue sonar testing and other exercises in waters surrounding the United States. The new ruling comes as a step in the process for the Navy to achieve its goals. By funding the very studies that show cause for concern, the Navy can now proceed unfettered. The studies were completed ahead of the Navy’s permit applications to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Had the Navy not done so, and later been found to have harmed marine mammals, the Navy would then be in violation of federal environmental law and ordered to cease its training activities. The Navy focused its studies on the East Coast, the Gulf of California, Southern California, and Hawaii. Earthjustice, representing several groups, has filed a lawsuit in Honolulu federal court. The suit, which is against the National Marine Fisheries Service, demands it go back and force the Navy to consider alternatives to its current plans for military exercises off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California. Environmentalists had some success in September when a federal judge ruled that the NMFS hadn’t considered the latest science when it granted permits to the Navy last year. Following the new ruling

on Dec. 16, the agency said it plans to review the latest scientific data on an annual basis with the Navy to determine if enough is being done to mitigate the risks. According to its own environmental impact studies, the Navy estimates 155 whales and dolphins will be killed off Hawaii and Southern California, with another 186 off the eastern seaboard. In addition, another 11,267 animals could be seriously injured off the East Coast alone. Off Hawaii and Southern California, the Navy estimates 2,039 serious injuries, 1.86 million “temporary injuries,” and 7.7 million instances of behavioral change. The Navy said it developed the estimates by totaling the hours of testing and training with sonar, torpedoes, missiles, explosives and other equipment over a five-year span from 2014 to 2019. Their experts combined that data with what they know about marine mammals and then used computer modeling. Navy officials have termed the impact on marine life as “negligible.” FOX News and the Huffington Post both report mass strandings of whales have increased since the military started using sonar in the mid-20th century, citing blue whales and beaked whales as suffering the worst. It is unclear how many animals comprise a mass stranding, but there are images on the Internet depicting a dozen or more at a time. Two recent studies showed that some endangered blue whales and beaked whales abandoned their feeding and fled

from recordings of sounds similar to sonar. Huffington Post reports that beaked whales are highly sensitive to sound and account for most of the beachings near military exercises. But the reaction from blue whales surprised scientists, who had thought them to be immune to high-pitched sounds. The blue whale is the largest animal in the world. It’s not yet known how their overall population of 5,000 to 12,000 will be affected. The technology for close monitoring the effects of sonar has only existed for a decade or so. Scientists have advanced the theory that sonar sounds can alarm certain marine mammals and drive them into shallow waters where disorientation sets in. From there, it’s likely the animal will wash ashore. Marine biologists are concerned about prolonged stress from changes in diving, feeding, and disrupted communication. USA Today recently quoted Rear Admiral Kevin Slates, who heads up the Navy’s energy and environmental awareness division: “Without this realistic training and testing, our sailors can’t develop or maintain the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively.” Associated Press contacted Navy spokesman Kenneth Hess for comment about the lawsuit. “The Navy is committed to complying with environmental laws and protecting the environment,” said Hess.

Other concerns

Greenpeace reports the U.S. Depart-

ment of the Interior is considering whether to allow geophysical companies, working on behalf of oil and gas companies, to use seismic air guns to look for buried oil and gas along the East Coast. These devices use compressed air to generate pulses of sound that are 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine. These loud blasts, says Greenpeace, go off every 10 seconds, 24/7, for weeks at a time. They penetrate miles into the sea floor, then bounce back with information about buried oil and gas deposits. The organization states this can result in temporary or permanent hearing loss, fleeing from habitat, disruption of mating and feeding, beach strandings, and even death to whales, dolphins, sea turtles and fish. Cedar Street Times checked in with our local fish expert, David Powell, the original curator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He told us what he observed in the field: “When I was at UCLA I got a summer job as a [Department of] Fish & Game seismic observer on an oil exploration crew involving four boats,” Powell told CST via email. “They would set off an underwater charge and listen to the rebounds from below the bottom. They started out using dynamite but it killed many fish. After switching to black powder the fish fatalities were minimal. They never set off a charge if they saw whales or dolphins.” Send comments and suggestions for future Green Pages to: cameron@

Left, top: Blue whales swim peacefully in pristine waters. Image provided by Left, bottom: A beaked whale breaches. Image courtesy of NOAA. Below: The Arabian Sea (Mar. 15, 2003) -- Sonar Technician 3rd Class Jacob Hershey, a member of the Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) team aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), fires a 60-caliber gun from the bow of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during a training evolution. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Richard Moore. Image obtained from Wikimedia Commons.

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Do You Run a Business...or a Hobby?

I remember a number of years ago preparing a tax return for a woman who was employed part-time, but who also had a side business as an artist — a painter, as I recall. When I was preparing her Schedule C for the art business there were lots of expenses - art supplies and tools, framing expenses, office expenses, vehicle expenses, postage, dues and subscriptions, a home office deduction, meal and entertainment expenses, and lots of travel expenses. In all it came to over $35,000. When I got to the revenue side, however, only $400 was listed. I thought it was a mistake — maybe missing a few zeroes on the end, so I gave her a call.   She said she just had a bad year and sold hardly anything.   “Okay,” I thought, “that is a pretty bad year. I wonder what a good year looks like for her?” As the story unraveled, there was a history of growing expenses from $10,000 to $35,000 a year and a history of revenues in bad years of $0 to a few thousand dollars in the “good years.”   I could clearly see now what was going on - she must have had about the same natural talent for painting as I do and her paintings were so ugly that they wouldn’t be hung in a dumpster, much less purchased. Actually, that is not what I thought. I believe she had a hobby as an artist, she loved to travel, and she developed an addiction for tax deductions when she married her art and travel on a Schedule C tax form! The IRS is very much aware of this phenomenon, and section 183 of the Internal Revenue Code and its related regulations deal specifically with this area. The rules are known affectionately as “hobby loss rules.” The basic rule is that if you are not truly engaged in an activity for profit, then your deductions will be limited to your revenue. This takes all the fun out filing a Schedule C in situations like this, since losses generated are disallowed and cannot offset other income on your tax returns. If you get audited on the issue and lose, the IRS can go back and disallow the losses from past years, and then assess the tax you should have owed along with stiff penalties and interest that accrue dating back to the dates you should have paid the tax originally. This can get very ugly. So how can you safely assume you are engaged in an activity for profit? Section 183 plainly tells us that if you are profitable in three out of every five consecutive years (two of seven for horse breeding), you are generally presumed to be engaged in an activity for profit. Of course, if you have a pattern of reporting $200 of income for three years and then $100,000 of losses for the next two, they will not be that graceful towards you. The meat of their determinations lie in a list of nine characteristics (albeit nonexhaustive) which they apply to your facts and circumstances. The nine factors are: 1) are you carrying on the business in a business-like manner - records, formalities, changing tactics that don’t work, 2) do you have or did you hire necessary expertise - not only in your subject matter, but in running a successful business, 3) what percentage of your time is devoted to the business (more important with activities that do not have substantial personal or recreational aspects), 4) reasonable expectation that the assets may appreciate in value and offset the expenses, 5) the history of success in similar or dissimilar activities, 6) the history of the activity’s income and losses, 7) if you have occasional profits, how substantial are they, 8) do you have other sources of income, and is this activity providing tax benefits, and 9) how much personal or recreational pleasure is involved in the activity. People in the arts have a higher level of scrutiny due to the common personal and recreational pleasure often involved. In a 1977 court case (Churchman v. Commissioner) the court said, “[A] history of losses is less persuasive in the art field than it

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Revealing Motivations

I am currently President of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula. With so many dedicated board members, employees, donors, and volunteers, who make the organization what it is, I’m always curious as to why people decide to dedicate so much time to the agency. I am a firm believer that one’s motivations for dedicating a significant amount of time and energy to an endeavor reveal a insightful information about the endeavor itself. In order to share new insights about Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, I asked the Board members to provide a statement for the agency’s website ( about why they decided to serve on the board. Their answers indeed taught me new aspects about the agency and role is in the community that I hadn’t previously considered. I started to think that the motivations for pursuing a particular career similarly reveal a great deal of insight about various vocations. I started to think about my own motivations for becoming an estate planning attorney and thought by sharing them in this article, it might reveal unique aspects of the practice that the general public might not have considered. When I started college, I didn’t know what I wanted for a career. I was very idealistic – I simply wanted to be an English major for four years and I figured I’d worry about a vocation later. I viewed the common utilitarian approach to higher education as merely a stepping stone to a “good job” with disdain. I felt that college should be about expanding horizons and developing the self. My father was a school principal and my mother was an elementary school teacher so education was always important to me. I loved college so much that I seriously contemplated obtaining a Ph.D. in English and becoming an English professor. I liked the idea of continuing my parents’ legacy of teaching. At the same time, my father always had an interest in the law and he would encourage me to think about becoming an attorney. Although the reading, writing, and analytical skills of an English major are transferable to the practice of law, I was hesitant as I knew that I wasn’t interested in being adversarial in a courtroom. My grandmother and I were very close. In high school, as soon as I got my learner’s permit, I would chauffeur her around all the time as she didn’t like to drive. I took her to the grocery store, the bank, and doctor appointments. Years later, while on a break from college, one day she asked me to drive her to her estate planning attorney because she wanted to make some updates to her estate plan. At that meeting, I had the opportunity to observe my grandmother’s estate planning attorney and I got the sense of what his daily routine was like. I discovered that law wasn’t necessarily how it was portrayed in the media. Naturally, television shows and movies focus on areas of the law that involve a lot of conflict such as civil litigation and criminal law in order to produce drama. There aren’t too many shows about estate planning attorneys! But, from my observations during that meeting, I realized that the legal profession could be a good fit for me if I found the right practice area. I later decided to go to law school and to focus upon estate planning. After more than nine years in practice focusing on estate planning, I can’t think of a better profession (other than perhaps a game show host!) than being an estate planning attorney. I’m a trusted advisor who finds solutions for my clients. In addition to the reading, writing, and analytical skills, my English degree also helps me understand how to relate to a wide variety of people which allows me to identify their wishes and concerns and develop a plan that suites their needs. An unexpected bonus is that I am indeed continuing my parents’ legacy of teaching as a large part of my job is giving presentations to my clients and at various public and private seminars about estate planning. KRASA LAW is located at 704-D Forest Avenue, PG, and Kyle may be reached at 831-920-0205.

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Times • January 10, 2014

Scene 20: Jane is Getting Married in a Few Days

Bernard Furman

A: You have to be kidding! You’re against Jane’s wedding?

Marriage Can Be Funny

H: Of course I am! Just as you said, she’ll be leaving us!

Harry and Alice are seated in the living room of their Pacific Grove home. Alice: Harry, can you believe that our Jane is getting married just a week from Saturday? Harry: I know, I know. A: And she’ll be flying the coop so that from then on we’ll see her here only on holidays and special occasions? H: I know, I know.

A: That’s the way of the world, Harry, and there’s nothing you can do about it. She’s marrying a lovely young man and you should be as happy about it as I am. H: Well, I’m not. A: It makes no difference. The wedding is going to take place like it or not, and everyone will expect you to toast the happy couple. H: I don’t know what to say. A: It’s very simple. You thank everyone for coming, tell some amusing anecdotes about Jane when she was a little girl, wish the newlyweds well, and sit down. H: Since you seem to know so much about it, why don’t you make the toast? A: Because our guests will expect the father of the bride to do it, not her mother.

A: Why do you keep saying that? H: How could I not know? I keep getting the bills. A: I wish you’d stop thinking about money.

H: Why? A: Because that’s the way it’s always done.

H: I thought you were against sexual discrimination. H: How can I? It’s what makes everything happen. The caterer made it very clear that if I don’t pay the balance of his bill in full the morning of the reception, there will A: This is not discrimination. It’s tradition. be no reception! H: So let’s change the tradition. A: He really said that? A: Stop sulking, Harry! It’s something you have to do, so get used to the idea and just do it!

H: In no uncertain terms.

H: (There’s a pause while Harry is thinking.) How about this?

A: Doesn’t that seem a bit high-handed? H: It’s apparently a standard requirement of caterers, because they’ve often been badly hurt when the person paying the bills, usually the bride’s father, stalls on payment until after the party and then says he doesn’t have the money and they can whistle for it. A: Are you prepared? H: I will be, with a certified or bank check, as required.

I’m glad you’re here, and wish you well. Let’s drink the wine and ring the bell. There’s this to the groom I want to tell: Mistreat my Jane, and you’ll go to hell!

A: With that taken care of, you’re free to enjoy all the festivities leading to and at the A: Good try, Harry, but somehow it doesn’t strike me as being quite appropriate for the occasion. wedding. H: What’s to enjoy? On her wedding night, my little girl is leaving me, to go to a hotel room with a man she hardly knows, who no doubt will try to do unspeakable things to her.


From Page 15 A: Harry, don’t talk like a looney-tune! Jane has been going steady with Andy for more than two years and I seriously doubt that they haven’t been intimate. might be in other fields.” They also concluded that music falls in their definition of arts. As you are preparing for your tax returns this year, and if you know you have a H: Do you know for sure? Has she told you? business with a pattern of losses, you may want to examine yourself in light of these A: Not explicitly. Our policy has been, “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” nine factors. Keep in mind, however, that even if you lose money for a long time, as long as you can demonstrate over these characteristics, you can still be okay.   Oh, H: Well then, as far as you know, she could be as pure as the driven snow. and regarding the client I worked with years ago - once I did a calculation and showed A: Highly unlikely, but possible. her the potential penalties and back taxes she could owe, she completely dropped the Schedule C altogether. H: I prefer to think so. Prior articles are republished on my website at A: Turning to another subject, have you written your father-of-the bride toast yet? IRS Circular 230 Notice: To the extent this article concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalH: No, and I’m not going to. ties that may be imposed by law. A: Why not? Travis H. Long, CPA is located at 706-B Forest Avenue, PG, 93950 and focuses on trust, estate, individual, and business taxation. He can be reached at  831-333-1041. H: Why would I want to toast something I’m against?

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January 10, 2014 • CEDAR STREET

My Heart Cries for You Jane Roland

Animal Tales and Other Random Thoughts Another year has come, I would say with a whimper rather than a bang. 2013 was not a time which we will remember with pleasure. The war in Afghanistan continues and our young men, our future, are being killed or, perhaps worse, irrecoverably maimed. That there are cases of depression and suicides reported frequently should surprise no one. How can a being, especially ones raised in a “civilized” nation, survive? The wars have become personal. Please don’t misunderstand, I am not an isolationist, I am an “army brat” with legions of military men in my history. Prior to Korea, most of our battles were to protect our soil, our freedom. We now have taken on the causes of countries that will evolve back into their former pattern when we leave. We need to get out and let the chips fall where they may, we have lost too many and seen too many with destroyed lives. Yes, there are the stories of remarkable resurgence among some of these heroes, but I wonder statistically if they are not in the extreme minority. Off the soapbox. I recall as a child listening to the revelry in my house when my parents celebrated the departure of Father Time. Then, as I grew older I yearned to be part if the tradition, when the old year sheds its garments for the new. In high school there were dances at the Tucson Country Club, and, at one, when I was 14, I received my first chaste kiss by my love of the moment. New Year’s Eve was the Shangri-La of celebrations and I couldn’t wait to join the “big boys and girls” in ringing it in. In college the first year saw a party at a friend’s house. He was a young professor who rented out rooms to students. Dick was young enough to enjoy our company more than his peers’ and he suggested we have the gathering. Needless to say we accepted with pleasure. My best friend was Lee Newcomb whose father was a prominent local physician. He had given his daughter a jeep for her birthday. She and I drove to Nogales; I was 17, she a couple of years older. We purchased a great deal of liquor, duty free, two gallons per person. However, under the front seat was a long deep cubby hole. I have no idea how much we obtained, as much as we could with the funds we had garnered from friends. Age was never a factor when bringing liquor back across the border. It was the body, not the age and even a baby could be allotted his/her allowance of booze. Once away from Mexico we could relax and cheerfully listened to the radio. “My Heart Cries For You” (and for a bit a history. The music is from an old French song attributed to Marie Antoinette, “ La jardinière du Roi.” The chorus “My heart cries for you, sighs for you, dies for you...” is original and does not appear in the French song. The sentimental ballad was recorded toward the end of 1950 by Guy Mitchell  with Mitch Miller and his orchestra, in a recording issued by Columbia Records as catalog number 39067, which sold over a million copies and reached #2 on the Billboard charts in 1951.) I don’t remember much about the party except it was the first time most of us were left alone with a ton of “demon rum.” I am sure the hangovers the next day were monumental. Another fact not known to us at the time and not to most of you is that Mexican gin is pure alcohol and created massive digestive problems…Even hardened drinkers avoided it, purchasing Bacardi Rum and Waterfall and Frasier bourbon. The following year I was dating a Canadian student. I even remember his name -- Gordon Reeve. He was a charming redhead, good looking and a fabulous dancer. In those days I was pretty good myself. Gordon saved his pennies from a job on campus and invited me to a night-club for the big night. I recall a nagging tweak in my mind “is that all there is?” The big deal fell flat. Here were people expecting the moon and creating a mood of hilarity when they felt none. So much for New Year’s Eve. After that I recall highlights; the desire to finish the annum at the Mission Ranch, which was fun, but no different than most nights at our favorite watering hole. When Larry and I were married, we had some good times with our friends in our digs in Heidelberg and later in Florida at least for the first couple of years.. Since John and I have been married we have had parties with our friends at their homes or ours. The gatherings grew smaller over the years and the last couple we have been on our own. I had my plans. We would have a good dinner at home and watch a movie. Instead we had a so-so dinner at home, and watched football…but that’s all right too if you are with the one you love. No one knows what will come in 2014 or in the next few minutes, but I wish you well and look forward to seeing you at the shop.

Comics and Radio Tom Stevens

Otter Views The New Year brought changes to two of my entertainment mainstays – the Monterey Herald comics page and the local broadcast radio spectrum. We’ll start with the comics. As an ever-rising sea of digitization swamps the print media, their owners have had to reconfigure and streamline flagship publications to keep them afloat. Many, like Newsweek Corp., simply scuttled their print editions and went to on-line subscriptions. Thousands of small independent newspapers sank without a ripple. Among the surviving papers are those that offer both print and on-line editions. With the print demographic aging and dwindling, the jury is still out on how long this hybrid product can remain profitable. To keep the presses running, publishers have cut costs by consolidating services, seeking economies of scale and jettisoning inessentials. Which brings us to the comics. Newspaper readership surveys show that the daily and Sunday “funnies” are still too popular to heave overboard. But like the deck chairs on the Titanic, they can be rearranged. Thus, every so often, old comics are rolled away and replaced by newcomers. The circumstances are many and varied. Some cartoons may be deemed too costly; some cartoonists too cantankerous. One syndicate may charge more or deliver less than another. And so on. The only constant is that changes to the comics pages always rile up the readers, who take it personally when favorite funnies disappear. As a Monterey Herald print subscriber, I enjoyed the initial spasm of outrage that greeted the recent comics page reshuffle. Then I realized “Jumble” and “Word Game” had been made to walk the plank. Outrageous! Those features have been such pillars of my daily well-being that I fear for my future sanity. Or is it already too late? Luckily, the Herald’s “Jumble” players raised enough ruckus to get that feature reinstated. Word Game’s adherents evidently lacked similar firepower, and it has vanished. Now I’ll never know how many words an average reader can make from the letters in “philatelist” or “primogeniture.” This could be intellectually crippling. As a lifelong funny page reader, I’ve managed to weather the recent changes there with more equanimity. Beautifully drawn strips like “Prince Valiant,” “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon” shared the funny pages of my youth with the beatnik-era artistry of “Gordo” and the sharp political and social satires of “Pogo” and “L’il Abner.” They’re all long gone, as are subsequent favorites like Gary Larson and “Calvin and Hobbes,” but other perennials soldier gamely on. “Blondie” and “Beetle Bailey” are somehow still standing, although I was happy to see “Peanuts” depart the daily page. One more “Lucy snatches away the football” panel would have killed me. I’m also happy the Herald was able to keep Doonesbury and the ever-inventive “Bizarro,” but I am saddened to see “Squid Row” depart. How many papers of the Herald’s size could boast a local strip drawn so well, colored so vividly, and replete with so many familiar settings, situations and characters? Brigitte Spicer, we shall miss thee. While the comic page reshuffle pleased some readers and dismayed others, recent radio changes seemed likely to elicit universal approval, at least among classical and jazz devotees. In both instances, listeners long accustomed to superb programming from local stations fell into deep mourning when KBOQ and KRML, respectively, ceded to more profitable formats. Granted, classical and/or jazz listenership is a mere sliver of the overall radio pizza. As advertising lures, those formats badly trail sports talk, Spanish language, gangsta rap, adult contemporary, satin soul, death metal, classic rock, country-western, Rush Limbaugh, ’80s oldies, Farsi, and several dozen Pentecostal options. However slight their listenership demographics, though, classical and jazz stations do lend their broadcast area a certain cachet. When one is driving into a major metropolitan area, for instance, the presence of classical and jazz (and NPR) among the choices on the dial suggests a certain level of urbanity and tolerance. And in the hinterlands, classical or jazz can add gravitas and surprise. Driving in the Sierra foothills a couple of summers ago, I caught a local college station’s broadcast of Rodrigo’s “Fantasia for a Gentleman.” The music made the sky bluer, the pines greener, the meadows more sublime. By the same token, communities lose an indefinable something when those stations go dark. As a pioneering music performance destination, the Monterey Peninsula suffered a double whammy when its longtime jazz and classical stations left the air in short succession. There was still plenty of radio to hear, but something definitive was lacking. It was as if the Presidio had lost its cannons. Now local radio listeners can hear classical and jazz broadcast once again on stations dedicated to those formats. KMozart is near 96 on the FM dial; jazz station KNRY at 106.7. Thanks!

Girls still have fun in Jeeps!

Jane Roland manages the AFRP Treasure Shop in Pacific Grove, she is a member of Pacific Grove Rotary Club and lives in Monterey with husband, John and four rescued pets…

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